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'More red tape in there than anything else'- Hon Smith on Public Sector

- Says new year will bring clearer '2020 Vision' with more done under VIP Gov't
Deputy Speaker and At-Large Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Neville A. Smith (AL), says the public sector is one that is plagued with red-tapes and bureaucracy, however, more will get done in 2020. Photo: VINO/File
According to Hon Neville A. Smith (AL), under the stewardship of Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) a lot is still getting done, he told the listening audience. Photo: VINO/File
According to Hon Neville A. Smith (AL), under the stewardship of Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) a lot is still getting done, he told the listening audience. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - Deputy Speaker and At-Large Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Neville A. Smith (AL) says the public sector is one that is plagued with red-tapes and bureaucracy; however, the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government will still get more done in 2020.

"The learning curve taught me a lot, because it is more red tape in there than anything else," Hon Smith told radio host Cromwell Smith aka 'EdJu En Ka' on the first 2020 episode of his Umoja show last Thursday, January 2, 2020 on ZBVI 780 AM. 

Hon Smith’s remarks echoed similar sentiments made at the Fourth Sitting of the Second Session of the Fourth House of Assembly on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

“This is my first year, and it was a happy first year, and I think the learning period is over and it is time to work. I come here to work, and I am going to work. The people put me here for a reason, and I am not going to fail them,” the Deputy Speaker had told the HoA.

Not a walk in the park 

"When you think you can go in and get something done just so bam... it's not that simple. You have procedures, you have different policies you have to put in place and a lot of things we need to do is create a lot of policies," Hon Smith told the host of the radio show. 

According to the first term legislator, as the Territory changes, so should old laws to accommodate the new growth that the Territory is experiencing and to make life better for all in the Virgin Islands.

When asked if he has things figured out just yet, Hon Smith remarked, "Is not hard, you have to make sure you know what you want and what you want to see done, and then you have to start to put things in place to get it done."

Premier Fahie gets it done - Hon Smith 

According to Hon Smith, under the stewardship of Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) a lot is still being done because, "he {Hon Fahie] is not one afraid to make decisions and take chances." 

He said under the Virgin Islands Party Government, the various ministries are now seeing even greater collaboration and working as a team.

He also urged the public to report any instances of poor collaboration directly to him.

"One thing we try to do is work as a team, we try to communicate with each other, so if you see that happening, I would like to know, because I  also suppose to be the whip," he said, in relation to being the glue that should keep the HoA team together inside and outside of the government.

15 Responses to “'More red tape in there than anything else'- Hon Smith on Public Sector”

  • Strupes (07/01/2020, 10:28) Like (8) Dislike (15) Reply
    THIS ONE-TERMER JUST TRYING TO STAY RELEVANT
  • In time to come (07/01/2020, 10:32) Like (10) Dislike (14) Reply
    Hope he shares the stage work with popeye
  • 2 grand (07/01/2020, 11:39) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I share your passion and vision but easier said than done. Anyways run with it positive thinking
  • long look me come from (07/01/2020, 11:56) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very good points hon smith you are one of we
  • ndp fan club (07/01/2020, 12:40) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    We know INCOMPETENCE when we see/hear it
  • Michael Helm (07/01/2020, 13:20) Like (16) Dislike (10) Reply
    some of you does me talking piss about the man but look he may not have all the qualifications of funny man but what sheep got is LOVE for people, He is genuine and most of ALL he is an indigenous Virgin Islander. So with that said, he will be around for a long long long long TIME
  • lol (07/01/2020, 15:31) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply

    Why the sp***** dont stop cloning people screen names

    • @ lol (07/01/2020, 16:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      He does it all the time because we all know some of those people do not blog on his site at all.
      • Reply (08/01/2020, 05:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
        You sore losers want to make the BVI into a land of chaos and disorder. We are not buying it!!!!
  • shabazz (07/01/2020, 16:48) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    "one term"
  • brought nothing to the table (07/01/2020, 16:49) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    He and the short lady with the bag on the same level
    • @ brought nothing to the table (07/01/2020, 21:14) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      One quality they Both have is both of them are electable unlike you bye bye
    • Reply (08/01/2020, 05:27) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Jealously is an uncivilised, backwater dungle heap type of behavior. I make no apologies, because you WERE so bright and after 8 years you got what the duck ordered voted out!!! Bam bam .


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